Criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Steve Meister is principal of the Meister Law Offices. He has been in practice since 1990 and has tried virtually every kind of case in criminal court. He emphasizes state-court felony and misdemeanor crimes, federal prosecutions, defense of doctors and hospitals in healthcare criminal matters, and restorative justice in homicide cases.
Steve’s practice also includes advising industries in compliance and crime prevention. He pioneered instruction to the healthcare industry on the legal issues around opioid prescribing, and has taught nationally to everyone from the healthcare insurance industry to medical providers, hospitals, lawyers, medical societies and national educational conferences. He has found that by knowing how investigators approach their work, he can educate clients, identify problem issues, and craft solutions to help persuade authorities to leave his clients alone. In every case where an institution or individual has asked Steve to look proactively at criminal law compliance issues, no one has been prosecuted, even if they were already under criminal investigation.
In California’s newly regulated cannabis industry Steve advises other business’ lawyers and consultants on these issues, and is counsel to a testing laboratory and a manufacturer. Steve has also appeared on air over 700 times as an expert legal commentator on criminal cases for television and radio news stations. He has come to prefer radio because there is no pre-live shot makeup involved.